Everyone knows that organic foods cost more than those traditionally manufactured. As many people in the country switch to organic products, the price will come down, but there’s still quite a way to go. If you prefer organic foods, you’ll need a few ways to pinch pennies so your whole food budget doesn’t get eaten up quickly. Here are some tips that will help you buy organic foods.
1. Prioritize what you buy.
Animal products (meat, cheese, eggs, butter, dairy, yogurt, etc.) are the most important organic products to purchase because of their risk of pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics. Prioritize these into your budget before picking up the organic pasta or chocolate.
2. Buy whole chickens.
This tip works for non-organic chicken as well, but I’m surprised how many people don’t bother buying the whole bird when you consider how big chicken is a part of our meals. A whole chicken is far cheaper than packages of the individual pieces. The savings is so vast, in fact, that a whole organic chicken often costs the same as the packaged breasts. Plus your family gets a varied meal with different cuts of meat.
3. Buy generic organic.
The organic trend has become so popular, that many supermarket chains and food stores now offer generic versions of popular organic foods. These foods are still certified by the USDA, so you know they’re safe. Naturally, these generic versions are cheaper than their name-brand counterparts.
4. Create weekly meal plans.
A well-developed meal plan will ensure that you use all your ingredients with as little waste a possible. If you were to pick up an onion today, use half and leave the remainder in the fridge, it might go bad before you have a chance to use it again. With a meal plan, you can designate the next night’s dish to use up that onion. This keeps your waste low.
5. Buy local foods.
Since organic foods don’t contain the preservatives, many are sold locally because transporting them across the country would cause them to rot. Your local farmers’ market will have lots of fresh, safe products at great prices because the transportation and storage prices are eliminated.
6. Check out the frozen section.
Because organic products don’t come laden with artificial ingredients and preservatives, they don’t keep as well as the non-organic foods. When it comes to produce, you’ll find some of these foods in the freezers at your grocery store. The foods sitting in baskets and shelves in the produce section could quickly go bad, so their price is higher.
7. Make a gradual transition.
If your budget is tight, you won’t want to switch your diet to organic foods overnight. There’s no doubt it will cost a bit more than buying non-organic foods. If you stock your cart with organic options, you’ll give yourself a heart attack at the register. Make the change over time.
Guest Blog by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk
As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.
She asked herself, “What if I could revolutionize the way parents decorated their crib with a safe and stylish teething rail cover that could be placed on the crib from day one?” Babee Talk® launched in 2014 with organic bedding and accessories. Chew-friendly, drool-friendly, and organic inside and out, her products ensure a healthy start in life for babies.
She only offers products that she would provide for her own children. She hopes moms and dads will start to talk about the importance of choosing safe, healthy, eco-friendly products, especially for babies.
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